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Sympathy - Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals--
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
And they pulse again with a keener sting--
I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,--
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings--
I know why the caged bird sings!


Comments about Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • Rookie saraf (6/12/2018 5:46:00 PM)

    when the poet says but a plea and upwards to heaven he flings, well in other words what can flings replace as/? ? ? ? ? / (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Sarah (4/24/2018 9:55:00 PM)

    Great poem, I see Mr Dunbar, working as a elevator boy, inside this steel cage, waiting and praying, sending a song straight from his heart to God, just as David did while watched his sheep in the fields. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,079 Points Kshirod Kumar Dehury (12/4/2017 7:26:00 AM)

    i love this poem, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sympathy

  1. 1. Sympathy , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  2. 2. Sympathy , Rabindranath Tagore
  3. 3. A Pocketful Of Sympathy , Alison Cassidy
  4. 4. Sympathy , Emily Jane Brontë
  5. 5. Sympathy , Emma Lazarus
  6. 6. Accept My Sympathy , Sylvia Chidi
  7. 7. Giggling Sympathy! , MAHTAB BANGALEE
  8. 8. Sympathy , Eileen Myles
  9. 9. Sympathy , Henry David Thoreau
  10. 10. Sympathy , Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  11. 11. A Token Of Sympathy , Sylvia Frances Chan
  12. 12. Whimper Of Sympathy , George Meredith
  13. 13. Show Sympathy , Hasmukhlal Amathalallal
  14. 14. If You Give Me Sympathy Right Now , maggie oke
  15. 15. Empathy And Sympathy. , Bazi alis Subrata Ray
  16. 16. Why I Sympathy You [1] , Irvan Hermawan Saichu
  17. 17. ##32 (Vivekananda) Sympathy For Untouch.. , Rajaram Ramachandran
  18. 18. Why I Sympathy You [2] , Irvan Hermawan Saichu
  19. 19. Have My Sympathy, Squirrel , NHIEN NGUYEN MD
  20. 20. Your Affection, Your Sympathy, I Need Th.. , Bijay Kant Dubey
  21. 21. Sympathy , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  22. 22. Learned Helplessness Sympathy Syndrome , Terence George Craddock (aft ..
  23. 23. Sympathy For God , Aldo Kraas
  24. 24. Without Donated Sympathy , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  25. 25. Tea And No Sympathy , Sonny Rainshine
  26. 26. Sympathy , Greg Dills
  27. 27. In Sympathy Melt - For Jen Walls , C. P. Sharma
  28. 28. Sympathy Symphony , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  29. 29. Sympathy For Survivors Of A Pakistani Ma.. , Bill Grace
  30. 30. Sympathy , Vishesh Bohre
  31. 31. The Truth About Sympathy , Tara Teeling
  32. 32. If You Ask For My Sympathy... , Michael Fischer
  33. 33. Pleasure Was No Sympathy , Amy Ormonde
  34. 34. They Don'T Have Any Sympathy For Me , Aldo Kraas
  35. 35. Sympathy , RIC BASTASA
  36. 36. I Have No Sympathy For You , Ronell Warren Alman
  37. 37. Sympathy Is Not Given , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  38. 38. In Sympathy In Pain , Seema Chowdhury
  39. 39. Tea For Sympathy , Maria Sudibyo
  40. 40. S/Haiku ... Playboy Sympathy? , Ken e Hall
  41. 41. For Sympathy , RIC BASTASA
  42. 42. She Does Deserve Great Sympathy , Francis Duggan
  43. 43. Façade Of Sympathy , Trade Martin
  44. 44. Sympathy... , hazem al jaber
  45. 45. If You Want My Sympathy For Him , Aldo Kraas
  46. 46. Sympathy , Robert William Service
  47. 47. Sympathy For The Underdog , Paul Amrod
  48. 48. Cries Of Sympathy , Tirupathi Chandrupatla
  49. 49. Sympathy To Poor , Rajendran Muthiah
  50. 50. Sympathy And Time. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
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